Diabetes Education Classes
Education is the key to living well with diabetes! Attend our acclaimed diabetes education sessions and learn skills and strategies for managing this disease.
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC), the Kennedy Health System’s Comprehensive Diabetes and Nutrition classes are above the national benchmarks in preventative care.
The Five Categories of Preventive Care
Hemoglobin A1c is a common blood test that shows the patients average blood sugar levels for the past two or three months. It measures how much of the hemoglobin is glycated (coated in sugar).
Patients attending Kennedy Diabetes Education classes, on average, lower their HbA1c by 1.6%.
HbA1c should be checked more than 2 times per year.
Between 81-100% of the diabetic population who attend Kennedy’s Diabetes Education classes have HbA1c testing done twice a year.
- Foot Exams
Yearly foot exams are very important to detect any loss of sensation in the feet, ulcers, sores, or infections.
Patients attending Kennedy’s comprehensive Diabetes Education classes have a 15.5% higher rate of receiving annual foot exams.
- Eye Exams
Yearly eye exams are recommended. Diabetics are at a higher risk of becoming blind than the average person. Other eye complications are common with diabetes.
Patients attending Kennedy’s Comprehensive Diabetes Education classes also have a 23.3%higher rate of receiving yearly eye exams compared to CDC benchmarks.
- Flu Shots
Yearly flu shots are recommended for diabetics.
On average, patients attending Kennedy’s Comprehensive Diabetes Education classes are 9.6% more likely to receive their annual flu shot.
- Blood Sugar Monitoring
Home monitoring of blood sugar numbers are very important to maintain a healthy diabetes status.
Patients attending Kennedy’s Comprehensive Diabetes Education classes are 9.4% more likely to check their blood sugars at home after participating in the program.
Upcoming Diabetes Education Classes
Each session consists of three (3) classes, one per week for three consecutive weeks.
Most insurances are accepted to cover the educational fee. Please be sure to complete all registration information. A Diabetes Navigator will contact you to complete the insurance and class registration process.
Questions or concerns? Please call 1-866-224-0264.